First of all, in honour of all those who have died,
who have served and/or who are still serving...
(watercolour on paper, done in 2011)
Another cool, grey Sunday here...
The perfect day for a walk in the trails.
I wake up in the morning not knowing too much
what to do with myself.
My thoughts go immediately to my mother,
who is in a hospital bed, making the most of each moment.
As much as i tell myself that life must go on,
and that i can't be there with her ALL the time,
there's no denying that it's hard sometimes.
So i lace up the sneakers
and find my way outside, where the air is cool
and the dry leaves crinkle under my feet
and with each step I take,
the heaviness seems to lift from my heart.
And of course, we're all adjusting to this in our own way.
This works for me.
Let others find their own ways...
Some of us grieve quietly,
some of us cry constantly,
some of us cling to the hope that miracles happen,
some of us worry 24-7... (my least favourite way to deal with anything!)
and others, like mom, accept what is and still find a way to be grateful.
Hers is the example i want to follow.
I believe i get my love of writing from her.
Her journal still sits on her table,
by her hospital bed,
and when she is well enough, she writes.
I remember being a young child
and often seeing her write letters at the kitchen table at night
to family and friends who lived far away.
She always had a deep sense of connection to others.
She still does.
It is this sense of connection that gives life meaning.
For me, more often than not,
it is a connection with nature.
Frank Lloyd Wright once said:
I believe in God, only I spell it NATURE.
I totally get this.
So there you have it -
not much art, but a walk in the trails.
There may not be much art here for a while.
I do hope you still visit now and then,
just in case i should happen to paint my masterpiece
and post it one of these days.
Wouldn't want any of you to miss it. ;-)
And on a lighter note,
my messed up, disorganized book shelf on Friday night..
and then... ta-daaaa!
Cleaned up and kinda colour coordinated!
Isn't this so much more fun to look at?!
I liked the living room one so much,
i decided to do the same thing to the smaller bookshelf.
Maybe i've just officially gone off the deep end, who knows. ;-)
I just know it makes me happy when i see all these colours.
Wishing you all a peaceful, healthy Sunday
filled with gratitude.